Rodel Eberle, 94, of Spring Valley, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 4, 2017, at the Spring Valley Living Center.
Rodel was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on February 1, 1923, to Joseph and Frances (Sell) Eberle. Rodel graduated from High School in Milwaukee and from the Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., in 1948. He began his pastoral career at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Carlos, Minn., in 1948. It was here that he met Gladys Beulke and they were married on April 9, 1950. He continued to serve the congregation in Carlos until 1956 when the family moved to Bloomington, Minn. He was the pastor at Mount Hope Lutheran church in Bloomington until 1963 when he was called to be the pastor at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Wykoff, Minn. He remained the pastor at St. Johns Lutheran Church for the next 25 years until his retirement from the ministry in 1988. He and Gladys continued to live in Wykoff after his retirement until moving to the Spring Valley Assisted Living Center in 2015, and later to the Spring Valley Senior Living Center. Rodel enjoyed traveling and conducted many tours to the Holy land and traveled to India for a couple of mission trips after his retirement.
Rodel is survived by his wife, Gladys; a sister, Gloria Hinkle; children: Sue (Gary) Golish of St. Charles, Ruth Ann Eberle of St. Paul, Mark Eberle of Spring Valley, Nancy (Michael) McCarty of Belle Plaine, Lori (Joe) Volkart of Spring Valley, Mary McGill of Spring Valley, Paul (Suz) Eberle of Spring Valley, and Jon (Roxanne) Eberle of Stewartville. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Audrey (Warren) Haeberle.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Wykoff. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, December 8, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the scholarship fund at St. Johns Lutheran School in Wykoff.
Condolences may be left at www.hindtfuneralhomes.com.